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Painted Birds of Taragarh Fort, Rajasthan, India…Guest Blogger: Penny Peters

April 2, 2017

When recently in India I visited an old Rajput Palace, crumbling now, which has remains of fresco painted walls and nooks.  The Taragarh Fort was built on a steep hillside overlooking the town of Bundi around 1354.  The small palace (Rani Mahal) inside the fort was added 1607-31 for the wives and concubines of the rulers. Inside the palace and now exposed to the air are lovely paintings on the plastered walls painted with mineral and plant based paints.  The paintings depict stories of Hindu gods, local festivals and deeds of the rulers.  There are intricate borders and repeat patterns framing the paintings. I was particularly struck by the lovely birds painted with simple brush strokes that were added as decorative elements. Although faded now, they depict native birds as well as some of the migratory birds that flock to the area in winter from Europe, Russia and China.  Also impressive was the Elephant Gate where rulers’ elephants would have entered with great ceremony with the lead elephant bearing a large metal drum beaten to announce the arrival.

Taragarh Fort above the town of Bundi, Rajasthan, India

Taragarh Fort above the town of Bundi, Rajasthan, India

Elephant Gate, Taragarh Fort, Bundi, Rajasthan, India

Elephant Gate, Taragarh Fort, Bundi, Rajasthan, India

Taragarh Palace, Bundi, Rajasthan, IndiaTaragarh Palace, Bundi, Rajasthan, India

Taragarh 2

Taragarh Palace, Bundi, Rajasthan, India

Taragarh Palace, Bundi, Rajasthan, India

Taragarh Palace, Bundi, Rajasthan, India

Taragarh Palace, Bundi, Rajasthan, India

Taragarh Palace, Bundi, Rajasthan, India

Taragarh Palace, Bundi, Rajasthan, India

Taragarh Palace, Bundi, Rajasthan, India

Taragarh Palace, Bundi, Rajasthan, India

Taragarh Palace, Bundi, Rajasthan, India

Taragarh Palace

Taragarh Palace, Bundi, Rajasthan, India

Taragarh Palace, Bundi, Rajasthan, India

Taragarh Palace, Bundi, Rajasthan, India

Taragarh Palace, Bundi, Rajasthan, India

Taragarh Palace, Bundi, Rajasthan, India

 

2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 2, 2017 2:37 pm

    Thanks for the tour Penny! Love the birds too.

  2. Barbara Fox permalink
    April 2, 2017 10:28 pm

    I’m living vicariously through your travels, Penny. Thank you for sharing these beautiful artworks from far off lands. The bird paintings look so delicately done. It’s always a pleasure being exposed to these works.

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